Biblical Reflection

Jesus is not the reason for the season.

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

Luke 22:19

I was recently asked why I don’t celebrate the birth of my Savior given that it’s a Christian tradition. And that’s just what it is: tradition, a man-made one at that, too as Christmas tends to undermine the birth of Christ. It is not biblical, it will never be biblical for God never changes. Why didn’t the early church celebrate the birth of Christ? I was looking up something on birthdays recently (another post, another time) and I wondered where in scripture did the Jews celebrate birthdays? Why shop until we drop? Why snowmen, elves, trees, lights, and a chubby man in a red and white suit trespassing into people’s homes by going down a chimney? Why do we do many things in His Name that are based on tradition and not scripture? Why celebrate His birthday as a man when He is not?

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Someone else inputted, “But Jesus is the reason for the season”. For me, He isn’t. It sounds like a slogan drummed up by a pretty good marketing team to target Christians, so they can get into the Christmas spirit. 

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

Colossians 2:8

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In “Do this in remembrance of me”, Jesus never directed anyone to celebrate or commemorate His birthday. Yes, I’ve heard the argument that “we give gifts for the giving of gifts comes from the wise men.” Yes, the wise men brought gifts, but they were not giving gifts for Jesus’ birthday. Rather, they were presenting gifts to a King and this event does not state that it was the King’s birthday. Rather, Jesus was already said to be a toddler when the wise men came to visit. 

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” 

John 18:37 (NIV)

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It’s hard to believe now, but I used to celebrate Christmas. I woke up one morning in search of the truth after celebrating it didn’t sit too well on my heart. I prayed and sought God’s guidance in the matter. All of this was before I got baptized by the way. The Lord led me to the conclusion that this holiday was not to be celebrated anymore, so I stopped. I don’t miss it at all. There are some pastors out here that also came to the same conclusion to stop celebrating the holiday, but they love to compromise by still placing lights as decorations around the church minus the tree. It doesn’t make sense. 

RELATED: That time of year

A great testimony & eye-opener by Sue Love!

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Christ was never in Christmas for Christmas did not originate with His birth. He is not a sun god or a fairy tale, and He doesn’t deserve the silliness surrounding the hype around this time. He is not the reason for the season. You are. Jesus is not caught up in the commercial hype of the season; you are. Jesus is not interested in which gift is His underneath the tree; you are. When Jesus came to earth, it wasn’t for Jesus, it was for us, so we can gain salvation and everlasting life. Saying that “Jesus is the reason for the season” is like saying “Jesus was born for Jesus”. And if He was the reason for the season? Then Christmas would’ve gone a little something like this:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

Luke 4:18

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Jesus is the Word and the Word was always here. The Word is God and the Word was always with God and God has no beginning or end. No day, no month, nor year. He is Spirit, and He is Truth, and we must worship Him in such. The concept of Christmas seems like a golden calf to me.

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30 Day Writing Challenge: Days 25-30

Day 25: What made your day special?

Any Sabbath spent in church is a special day. ❤

Day 26: Something you could never get tired of doing

Praising and thanking God.  ♥ ♥

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Day 27: How you envision your life to be

Hmm… let’s just say that now I put my trust and faith in God, I don’t envision my life to be anything, but to be fashioned by His will.

Day 28: What do you want?

At the moment, I just want to curl up in bed and sleep for a month. 

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Day 29: Family

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Day 30: Daily routine

I think I covered this with the 365 days challenge that I’m doing, but my daily routine consists of waking up, thanking God, praying, getting ready for work, eating breakfast, reaching to work on time for punctuality is utmost important to me. Do some work, blog, have lunch, take some time to Bible study and write/read something until work comes to an end. 

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Devotion 💙

Why I attend church.

NOTE that I said ‘I’ and not why ‘you’ should attend church. I am not here to preach about why one should attend church. This is a reflection post of my churchgoing life.

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Hebrews 10:25

Happy Sabbath!

Church is an essential part of my spiritual life. When I had stopped attending, my life took a nose dive because I was missing out on the spiritual part of it although I was praying constantly. I talked about reattending church last year in a post last month and how vital it is now for my well being. I am fascinated by Jesus Christ and I strive to be like Him every day and He set an example by going to the synagogues and preaching on the Sabbath (Mark 6:2; Luke 4:16; Luke 6:6; Luke 13:10).

I attend church because…

* I get to pay my tithes.

* I get to be spiritually rejuvenated.

* I get to mix and mingle with like-minded sisters and brothers, my second family.

* It helps me to focus on His Word and connect with Him. ❤

* It fills my heart and soul with joy and song.

* To hear others’ testimonies.

* It is God’s dwelling place, therefore it is my home.

But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling forever.

King Solomon

2 Chronicles 6:2

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* I get to talk to God’s representative (pastor) if I need guidance or prayers.

* I get a chance to reflect on gratitude. 

* I am taught forgiveness.

* I have the opportunity to worship God.

* I have a better understanding of the Bible.

For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

Hebrews 4:10

Thank you, God, for reintroducing church into my spiritual life for I am certainly reaping the benefits.

What do you like/love about attending church?

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Daily Prompts: October 28th-29th

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October 28th: Seven wonders

Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?

I disagree with Gibran, but my seven words are: All you need is the Saviour Jesus.

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October 29th: First

Tell us about your first day at something — your first day of school, first day of work, first day living on your own, first day blogging, first day as a parent, whatever.

My first day of reattending church went well. I remember being excited and the members were warm and friendly. They welcomed me without asking questions and I was even assigned to a Bible Study class!